Thursday, April 03, 2008

and they were worried about the gay marriage

Toddlers can no longer marry in Arkansas; minimum age reinstated

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2008 | 5:22 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas' marriage-age crisis is over.

A law that mistakenly allowed anyone - even toddlers - to marry with parental permission was repealed by a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mike Beebe.

That ends months of embarrassment for the state and confusion for county clerks.

Legislators didn't realize until after the end of last year's regular session that a law they approved, intended to establish 18 as the minimum age for marriage, instead removed the minimum age to marry entirely.

Some legislators called for a special session last year, saying the error would make it easy for pedophiles to take advantage of the law.

They repealed the botched law, and reinstated 17 as the minimum age to marry for boys and 16 for girls.

4 comments:

Kirst said...

Just when I thought I could have Quinten married off. Oh man!

lu said...

wow, that doesn't do a lot for the reputation of arkansas lawmakers, does it?

and having been involved in the process of making a law, a law, i am pretty surprised that no one caught that!

K said...

i am surprised as well...and i also wonder why it differs for boys and girls...

kris said...

- everyone knows girls mature quicker than boys
- could this really be as bad as it sounds, they intended to establish a minimum age and instead they removed it all together? How could that possibly happen?
- finally, "confusion for county clerks" - does that mean there are a lot of teens getting married in Ark?